The train has left the station.
For parts unknown.
What is this all about?
This video will fill you in:
The trust train first showed up publicly after kayaking Na Pali on Kauai. A chat with Congolio gives that background:
I plan on updating this website to reflect the changes . . . that will happen when it happens.
I’ll write and post now and then as I’m called to.
If you too experience life by trusting completely, HOP ON!
Even if you don’t, I invite you to HOP ON! You may find that trusting really isn’t so scary.
Kay den. Thanks for your time and attention. Sending lots and lots and LOTS of LOVE your way!
✫ Sj out ✫
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That’s me, Pedrata. I’m a rat. A Mexican rat.
Because I came from Mexico. On a
All the way to Hawaii from Mexico. On a boat.
Darn tootin’ that was fun!!!
But I’m not just any rat. I’m a rat who loves to travel, a bit like my gal pal, Sj. We two females love to travel. S
i!, I’m female. If I were male, I’d be PedratO, but I’m not, I’m PedratA.
I enjoyed Lyon. To da max. Here are some of my fav memories.
✷ Pedrata ✷
First to get to Lyon, we had to leave Paris.
It was pretty comfortable on the train.
Only about a 3 hour ride.
Then we were there.
In Lyon at Gare Part-Dieu.
If you remember nothing else about Lyon, remember this:
there are 2 rivers: le Rhône
and la Saone. Why one is masculine and one female? I have no idea.
Sj was here to study French.
And eat a croque-madame. Why madame? Think about it.
There were activities after school.
This was one of my all time favs.
Prof Marion was a great tour guide.
We took a break so we could eat a cookie (or two).
And to take our picture.
Sj didn't bring me to school every day.
My job was to make sure she was prepared.
Why else do you think the 4 rats wons?
Seems to be a lot of
anger in the air.
I want to participate too!
Assignment? Create a unique animal.
William's showing off their creation.
Sj's compter died . . . we were both crossing our fingers
and it did start up from the back up!
But . . . alas, the start up was dead, despite that blue light.
Fortunately, the mac shop close by brought it back to life.
These kids gave me a quick tour of the really hip playground.
I'm not sure why Sj bought this old briefcase for all of 4 Euros.
It wasn't quite as comfortable to go to school in.
I decided to shop for some art.
I liked her art . . .
but not how she played with my ear.
Call it a self portrait of sorts.
Sj wouldn't show you this, but I thought it was worth noticing the behind-the-scenes.
Yes, Sj actually came here to study.
Moi? I love the old Roman ruins.
And especially a concert . . .
in an actual Roman ruin.
The day before we sussed it out.
And then . . .
the people arrived.
Lots of people.
And it was frickin'
Except for when they threw the cushions. That hurt a little bit.
Merci beaucoup Moondog for ze musique!!!
LOVED riding a vélo!
But now and then, they were all taken.
But the beauty of walking is that . . .
you stumble upon some extraordinary things.
Like this mural.
No, he's not real, but maybe the bike is.
Pizza. Moi loves pizza.
One day they played "hangman." The word? Moi: rat.
They used this room to show educational videos.
And movies. Some of which Sj has seen over 5 million times.
And for making art
out of strips of marshmallow.
Ahh . . . the pengiuns and I
had so much fun together !!!
Classic Lyon view
This is from Fourvière.
His name is Pierre Scize.
Sj lived here 7 years ago.
She had a rock wall in her bedroom.
I thought I'd see how that felt.
Netflix en francais. Sj appeared to be in heaven.
Moi? I loved Friday croissant day best.
Au Revior Lyon!
Time to take a wee little nap.
p.s. for whatever reason, these 4 pix didn’t want to be part of they gallery . . . so they’re here all by their lonesome. : )
And especially a concert . . .
I’m not sure why Sj bought this old briefcase for all of 4 Euros.
had so much fun together !!!
Hmm . . .
I like to always “suss” the plane before boarding.
We flew from Philly to Paris.
Lots of delays so plenty of time to chill.
There was a malfunction to the fancy way to deplane. Sj’s-Exercise-Plan® kicks in.
Then we walked some more.
When in doubt, I follow my nose.
Ready to get stamped and weighed.
Got our bag, Mamma Josie!
There are lots of Frenchmen in red vests giving out info . . . and who knows what all else.
First we had to leave l’aérport de Charlie.
Thank goodness I can read!
I hear it coming.
Okay metro, here we come!
This is before the commuters arrived.
It got a little crowded . . .
Decided to relish the quiet for a bit.
Those stairs were nothing after the zillion trillion in the metro.
I’ve spotted our hotel!
We made it! Home sweet home for 2 nuits. ;-)
Wow. C’est magnifique!
That’s where we came out of ze metro btw.
Time for a rest
But first a little tennis.
Go Serena go!
Came to Paris to watch the French Open from the comfort of my bed. Porqué non?
Sj et Pedrata out . . . for now. ;-)
West of Puerta Vallarta . . .
Hola Rocket Girl!
Ummmm, you smell Rocket Girl! I'm getting a whiff of you right now!
'Twas looking for an ATM, but it was siesta time!!!
Looks a lot like Cambodia.
We took the detour.
On Sunday we went to the little town called Sayulita with Marisela's cousins.
Cute little seaside tourist town.
Ze Capitain et First Mate!
Ze autre mates . . . giving a leg UP!
Then it was time to go get provisions! Thanks to the cousins, we had a ride in a car. : ))) Muchos gracias!
Fruit served up Mexican style! Gracias Marisela!
Marisela is the MOST AMAZING CHEF EVER!!! Cuz Flavio hung for an extra night and we did it up in style!
Pedrata . . . mia amiga nueva!
Gracias Flavio! I'll take good care of her!
Hermano Pollo knows his hammocks! This one from Cambodia has been rocking all OVER the boat!
She too needed a siesta after that wonderful meal!
Capitain Kevin's been keeping an eye on the weather as we decide what's our best course. We're in GOOD HANDS! Gracias!
Ahh . . . refreshing water. We sailed down to Punta Mita to join some more friends of Kevin and Marisela. They invited us ashore for a bbq. Gracias!
We're doing our best to take care of our capitain!
Looking good, Kev! (Notice the water cooling system???)
Great perspective, Tones! Thanks for taking all these pictures!!!
Ahhh . . . the sunsets have been beautiful. AND almost every night the thunder and lightning comes to say H O L A !!!!
A new friend. Pete the Pelican greeted Tony as he swam ashore for a surfing session with our new expat friends.
Hasta luego amigos!!!
Gracias Tones for these wonderful pictures!!!
If you’d like to check out
Sayulita, go for it!
And while you’re at it, visit
Puerta Vallarta. We’re heading there in just a bit. The guys want to eat at Gaby’s Restaurant too! Plan is to watch a movie on the white wall opposite the restaurant. In the neighborhood? Come join us!
“SI!” Tony and I replied when Kevin and Marisela invited us to join them on their return trip to Kauai aboard their one-of-a-kind, original (can you say MAGNIFIQUE?!!) boat KALEWA — designed and built by Kevin.
Invitations like these don’t come every day!
From where to where? you ask.
Puerta Vallarta, Mexico to Nawiliwili, Kauai.
But how can you make a post when you’re underway?
We’re not yet. There are a few details to take care of. Parts needed for this and that. And, most importantly, cousins to visit with!!!
I’ve been speaking a sloppy mix of French, Spanish, and German. BUT I made a promise to Flavio, Marisela’s cousin who’s a Biology teacher and gynecologist, that I’ll know Spanish by the next time we meet up. Yup, that’s my goal!!! Hablar con mia en espanol next time you see me. I most likely will make a mess of my reply, but I’ll give it my ALL, that’s for darn tooting!
Kay den, without further ado, below are pictures that fablisio Tony Baloney has taken so far . . .
The four of us met up in Phoenix's aeropuerto: first stop in first ever Pacific crossing for Sj & HP (Hermano Pollo : ).
Captain Kevin, aka Kalewa's KING !!!
Marisela is the FIRST mate of Kalewa!
Tony, aka Hermano Pollo, our media experto!
Marisela's first cousins came to join us. That's her brother, Hermano Pollo, with the big stick.
Here's ALL of the Kalewa crew on the first shake-down sail.
Hanging with cuz!
We made ourselves comfy . . . stayed tuned for Tony's video of Sj nodding off . . .
Marisela hanging with two of her favorite buds . . . hubby Captain was busy keeping us safe!
Look up! It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Hermano Pollo's Go Pro!
This entry was posted in
Pacific Crossing, Sj's Travel Glob, Travel Photos and tagged amigos, family, friends, kalewa, mexico, pacific, pacific crossing, sail, travel on . June 9, 2014
To Krefeld we go, the Stadtarchivs we go . . . hi-ho the dairy oh, to Krefeld we go!
Then it was time to get serious!
With our armor on (
in the form of head gear), we set forth to Krefeld . . .
First stop, the Standesamt Krefeld.
The nice lady told us we had to go to another place 3 km away. Why? They only had new records there.
But serious business was afoot. The goal was to track down their German ancestry.
In the bookstore buying a map from Frau Blucher.
This sign basically says "Kilroy was here."
Finally we arrive at the Stadtarchiv for some real digging in.
"Go down in to the basement and walk under the road, past two homeless guys, and exit by the pretzel stand."
Sign in please. No coats or jackets aloud. No popping your gum. No furtzen.
Deep in the books. Mom's ancestor is Paul Kuster who left for the U.S. around 1685.
We poured through the records but the earliest birth records only went back to 1650 something. It was time to really knuckle down and . . .
. . . go to Holland!
We decided to eat our way through the Netherlands. Here we are sampling Pfannkuchen, a Dutch savory pancake with mushrooms, cheese, ham, and wooden shoe shavings.
Pretty Dutch architecture. Red windows . . . Tony is asking what's "Behind the Green Door?" (another Marilyn Chambers reference ).
How do you know you are in Holland? Bikes, bikes, bikes!
Monday, December 19th, we celebrated Susan's Mom's 80th Birthday by going to Krefeld, their ancestoral town.
Leaving the Aldstadt, we encountered the cutest dog. How cute was he?
99 44/100% cute!
We stopped at the Weinachtsmarkt of course.
Our house owner gave Mom a beautiful birthday gift, a historic calendar of Krefeld.
Then it was up to dinner in the fabulous Rheinturm, a180 meter high revolving restaurant.
Aloha Mom!!! rather dapper looking group, eh?
After dinner, Sj decided to lean on the window, looking straight down 590.551181 feet.
Tony's afraid of heights. Most real men are (and wear pink underwear.)
Back at the flat, Mom celebrated with some lovely home-made cookies that Lisa, our house host's sister baked. Yum!
The next morning we were greeted with a blanket of snow.
Strolling into town trolling for action.
The old and the new with the riff raff in between.
Another cafe moment.
Did I mention chocolate? It is a wonderful and nutritious energy food. Don't believe me? Ask your dentist!
On the Ko. Known as the one sided Champs d'Elysee of Dusseldorf, the Konigstrasse offers many opportunities to lighten your wallet.
The ghostly Rheinturm. You go lie in one of those windows!
Wednesday, Dec. 22 found us at the aluminum Gehry building.
I've got a feeling we ain't in Knoxville, Tennessee.
A final stroll down the Rhine.
"Ehra oder Kind mit Ball" commemorates the Stinti and Roma who were murdered during WWII.
What is a trip without a quick foray to the mustard museum?
Tip: The Eierpunsch has a lot more octane that the Gluwein!
Mom had a lot of fun!
Macy's German style.
A final group shot.
Even more fun. Here's Mom with her new birthday purse.
. . . . and egg schnipper!
Tony challenged her to an egg schnipper vs an egg schnokker duel. It ended up in a tie, they both cracked up.
4:45 a.m. at the airport the following day.
A final embrace . . .
After our strenuous search in the Krefeld archives . . .
ends up our ancestors left the year BEFORE the archives were started! LOL What the heck, we had fun poking around anyway!
. . . we buckled down to celebrate my Mom’s 80th birthday!!! Yahoo! Happy Birthday Mom!
And . . . Happy Mother’s Day Mom as well as all you other Mom’s out there!
including those with furry children ;-)
Footnote: I feel compelled to write of the Sinti and Roma people. They were gypsies who tracked down and killed by the National Socialist Party ( or Nazi Party). There’s a detailed site in German which discusses the small bronze figure, “Ehra oder Kind mit Ball,” by Otto Pankok which was completed in 1955 to represent the Sinti and Roma; it’s located on the Rhine promenade in the old city near the Film museum.
This entry was posted in
Europe, Family, Sj's Travel Glob, Travel Photos and tagged birthday, Europe, family, Germany, Mom, Sinti and Roma, travel on . May 11, 2014
From Nürnberg to Düsseldorf — with a card shark !!!
After a couple of days wandering around in Nuremberg, it was time to head to our ancestors’ old stomping grounds near Düsseldorf:
North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
We had the good fortune of arranging a home exchange in Düsseldorf’s hip
MediaHarbor district (oder MedienHafen). Mom was a good sport about the apartment with a view being a walk-up.
First stop? The pad for a round of cards!
Daughter & Mom getting ready to jump the train from Nuremberg to Dusseldorf.
Gin? Rummy? Naw . . . beer will do!
Got to our flat . . . 4 rooms on a 4 floor walk up in the posh part of town.
Time to hit the streets.
The buildings here are very chic & sleek.
Till you get to Frank Gehry's stuff, oh yeah!
Three buildings like this, one shiny, one brick, and one white.
The windows look open, don't they?
This tower is so cool. It has a revolving restaurant.
Anti smoking campaign, German style.
The promenade is really cool too. We'ev asked . . . nobody knows what kind of trees these are.
Ah, the Rheinturm. This huge puppy just dominates the immediate area.
We are aiming to celebrate SJ's mom's 80th birthday in the revolving restaurant up here.
The landscape is littered with these giant chairs from Mars.
Big smiles on the Rhine.
Lots of boat activity. Lots of current, about 6 or 7 knots.
We stroll into the Aldstadt in search of Christmas ornaments.
The founder of the city, wondering "What kind of trees are these?"
Almost getting to be a white Christmas. Definitely slushy.
Christmas in the Hauptmarkt.
The place is packed with sauced humanity.
Taking the tram back to the flat.
. . . where mom cleans us up in gin rummy! Stay tuned . . .
This entry was posted in
Europe, Family, Sj's Travel Glob, Travel Photos and tagged Bahnhof, birthday, card shark, Düsseldorf, Europe, family, Germany, Mom, playing cards, travel on . May 11, 2014
Mom arrives at the
Nuremberg airport ! (oder Nürnberg auf Deutsch : )
In honor of Mother’s Day 2014, I decided to post these three entries called “The Mother Chronicles.” From my
preceding post, you can learn the why and what fors.
Looking back on this now, I realize (
even more : ) how darn lucky we were to be able to take this trip together. That we had the time, the funds, the place to stay, the health, the gumption . . . I could go on and on ( but I won’t : ).
Danke, mahalo, merci, grazie, gracias, aw kohn . . . suffices for now.
So without further ado, here are shots from the first part of our trip together (
after a brief visit to my sister’s for Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh) in Nürnberg, Germany — home of the infamous Weihnachtsmarkt, as well as many other things . . .
The trip started with a high note at my sister's house.
It was Thanksgiving, and we cooked it up wearing aprons from Hawaii.
Hanging out with our Pittsburgh niece and nephew. Good fun!
Tony was yucking it up INside the Christmas tree!
My niece was a good sport and let us crash her birthday ice skating party in downtown Pittsburgh.
Hey Mom, I'm standing up!!!
Then we found ourselves in Germany waiting for my mother.Here comes Lufthansa flight #2156!!!
Can you spot Mom?
Anticipation . . .
On the Bahn
Walking to the hotel . . .
and walking . . .
and walking . . . . . .
on the corner,
And here we are!
Going to the Christmas Market, we run into a camel!
and Yakkety Yak.
The sculptures in the square are fascinating.
Big clock tower and parking sign.
"You've been shopping for too many Christmas ornaments!"
Ahh, time for a Glühwein.
Looking down the Strasse at one of many churches.
A pretty bridge view . . .
Then we hit the Hauptplatz, where all the action is.
It's a really pretty scene if you haven't hit the street from drinking too much of the forementioned Glühwein.
looks like a happy building. The un-gargoyle.
Hanging out by the big Christmas spinning thingy.
About to take off.
Classic mother shot.
This is where Albrecht Dürer would come for philosophy und trinken. His glass was rescued after the building was bombed in 1941 . . .
And this is where he shopped for trinkets.
Breakfast time the following day.
At the Nuremberg courthouse.
Studying sad history.
In the courthouse, awaiting trial. Susan is calling her lawyer.
(Saal 600 . . . google it . . . important place post WWII)
Luckily Tony came and bailed them out.
Another fairy tale shot.
We like the river views.
Having a good time y'all!
Time to regroup . . . more pix soon! Aloha!